In addition to their children’s needs, families of CSHCN may also benefit from services that help them to cope with the challenges associated with their children’s conditions. These family support services include family counseling (mental health care for family members), genetic counseling (for advice on inherited conditions related to the child), and respite care (having someone else care for the child so that parents or other family members can take a break).

Overall, the parents of 19.6 percent of CSHCN reported needing at least one of these family support services. The service most often needed was family counseling, needed by the families of 11.9 percent of CSHCN, followed by respite care (6.7 percent) and genetic counseling (6.5 percent).

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